Dear Self, You Need to Find Your Own Wave

{By Samantha Roose}

How to find peace emotionally in a control centered culture. 

Dear Self,

I know you’ve been struggling.  I understand, very well, the overwhelming emotions you are that are consuming you, because, after all I am you.  They crash upon you like a tidal wave, stealing your ability to breath, striping your control, and pressing you into its swirl.  You don’t know which way is up and even if you did you don’t know how to get up.  So, before you freak out and lose it for the fifth time this week and scare your family to death let me remind you of a conversation you had with God.

Jesus,

I don’t want to explode and lose control emotionally. It doesn’t glorify you.  It’s not healthy for me physically.  And, it sets a bad example for my siblings. Lord, how do I not become out of control?  I know I will still experience emotions but how do they not control me?  

“Samantha,

You are always controlled or directed by something.  The question is: what thing?

Who or what are you going to give authority in your heart, mind, and soul?  Your actions will be what be consistent with what is most important to you.  Just like Peter, your actions will always follow your beliefs.  As long as Jesus was Peter’s most important focus he walked on water.  The moment he took his eyes off Jesus, and the reality of science and probable sinking became his focus, he began to panic and sink.

Surfers have a goal: to ride the waves. But they don’t ride just any wave that comes at them.

They jump through some and wade through others waiting for the most important wave.  The wave frosted with foam. The wave that the will bring them in to shore, soaring.  When that wave comes they take it and ride it in.  But, remember, it wasn’t any wave and it wasn’t someone else’s wave. 

It was their wave. The right wave. The wave that they chose.

when your life is out of control

Similarly, you can’t ride any emotion you feel. Emotions are merely the thermometer of your soul.  They are not red, green, and yellow lights, telling you when and how you should go.

Truth is your traffic light.

Before the day begins you need to know which waves you are going to ride and the truth you are choosing.”

Remember these truths:

You are a child of the God (1 John 4:4)

You are an overcomer (1 John 4:4)

Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4)

God will not give you more than you can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God is for you, NOT against you (Jeremiah 1:9)

Ultimately, you are without excuse. The Spirit of the Most Powerful God lives in you. The same God is for you, trailblazing the way before you. He made you His own, giving you a wonderful inheritance. The old has gone and the new has come. You are a child of the Most High God, the Overcomer of the world, the Final Truth, and the Prince of Peace. He is greater than everything you can and will encounter and by His strength all things are possible – even not loosing control emotionally.

Instead of losing yourself to a tidal wave of emotions, master the art of losing yourself in bringing God praise.

Choosing God’s authority,

Yourself

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